New Parent Information

Welcome to Van Meter! While we realize that starting a new school can be challenging, we are here to help you feel at home at Van Meter.

About Us: Your Home & School Club (HSC) is a non-profit organization that provides support to Louise Van Meter Elementary school through our volunteers who organize and run fundraisers that support educational programs & activities, as well as events and activities that promote a strong sense of community.

Creating Connections:  We believe our community is built on the connections made among the students, with their teachers, and between the parents. We are committed to providing those moments to start new friendships or build even stronger bonds over the years.  So grab a friend or make a new one at a H&SC hosted event throughout the school year.

Helping Hands:  There are so many ways to join in the Van Meter community, from attending events, to helping in the classroom, to lending your ideas and time.  We welcome and encourage everyone to be apart of the team thinking, creating, and executing the events that power our community. There is something for everyone, and we welcome whatever time you have to share.  Take a moment to let us know what you like to work on and how much time you may have to give by filling out our volunteer interest form.  Remember, the size of your volunteering role is up to you.

Your Donation Matters: Everyone works together to create the best environment for our children to learn and grow into well-rounded young adults who will be ready for their middle school years.  This combined effort relies on the support of our time and dollars.  Fundraising is an important role of the Home & School Club, as we are responsible for funding $281,000 worth of programs in the 2019-2020 school year.  Your support in this fundraising effort is paramount. Much of the H&SC collected dollars funds essential technology, programs and salaries that you might assume your property taxes pay. But with state level funding cuts and other financial pressures, many key expenses are now paid by parents.  The reality is that H&SC will spend $500 per child this year and your donation is key.

LVM New Parent Handbook– Contains critical information, dates, and events for the 2019-2020 school year.

Communication: To stay informed, please make sure to utilize the following to ensure you are always in the know:

Van Meter Home & School Club website – shares all information about HSC funded programs and events

Louise Van Meter Elementary School website – official school site with bell schedule, school year calendar, educational programs and information

A-to-Z Connect – Our online school directory, where you can get contact info for other Van Meter families. New parents can follow instructions on the homepage to register and gain access.

Van Meter HSC Facebook feed – makes sure to “like” us so you receive event & program reminders

Van Meter HSC Newsletters – Monthly emailed newsletters will highlight and share information on up coming events, programs, and fundraising needs.

Van Meter HSC Calendar – make sure to upload all the event dates so you don’t miss a thing!

Wednesday Envelope – Your child will bring home an envelop each Wednesday that will share communication from your teacher, the school and your Home & School Club.

 If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us (


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